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For more information on the schedule,  the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Information about Scholarships can be found on its own page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

For help finding writing classes, or if you’ve registered for an online class but haven’t received a Zoom link, contact our team or call us at 206.322.7030.

All classes are in Pacific Time. Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom. If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle. If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform. If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): November 29
Member Registration: November 30
General Registration: December 7

What’s Scholarship Donation Day?

The first day of registration (the Monday before member registration opens) will now be open to anyone who donates $250 to our scholarship fund*. Donations must be made over the phone.

Call us at 206.322.7030 on November 29 to make your donation and sign up for the classes of your choosing.

*Applicable to specific scholarship fund donations made between member registration of the previous quarter and Scholarship Donation Day each quarter. 


Early Bird Pricing November 30 through December 13:

  • $10 off classes that are one to three sessions
  • $20 off classes that are four to eight sessions
  • $30 off classes that are ten sessions or more

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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Writing the Fictionalized Memoir

All Levels | Are you struggling to tell your personal story in a dramatic and entertaining way, or understand what the book-worthy story really is? Infusing your real-life experiences with fiction can free you to explore all of the storytelling…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 01/19/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt's essays have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, The Sun and elsewhere. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published in April 2018, and she is currently working on an autobiographical novel that takes place in Haiti. She teaches at workshops around the country.

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Show and Tell

All Levels | Though many of us have heard the advice “show, don’t tell,” this workshop will embrace the practice of showing and telling. We will find answers to questions such as when you should rely on just-the-facts-ma’am narrative and…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 01/20/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Beth Slattery

Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.

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I Versus Not-I: Writing alongside Samuel Beckett and Anastacia Reneé

Intermediate | In this class we’ll write alongside two writers who, in very different but equally striking and funny ways, call into question what we know about ourselves and our past. We’ll compare Beckett’s disembodied mouth-monologue, “Not I,” to Anastacia…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Deborah Woodard

Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.

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Reading and Writing Cascadia

Intermediate | Do you have a connection to the Cascadia/Salish Sea bioregion? Do you live here, or love the area? The anthologies Keep a Green Bough: Voices from the Heart of Cascadia and For Love of Orcas bring heart, mind,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright's new book is Masquerade: a Memoir in Poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021). Her previous book from Lost Horse is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. She has nine earlier books and chapbooks of poetry; a ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations; five award-winning volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and a book of essays. Carolyne has served as Visiting Poet and professor of Creative Writing at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University and the University of Miami. She returned in 2005 to her native Seattle, where she teaches for Hugo House, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program (from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2016), and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant; and she returned to Brazil in 2018 on an Instituto Sacatar artists residency in Bahia. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; and a Fulbright U. S. Scholar Award granted in 2020 will take her back to Salvador, Bahia, after the CoVid-19 pandemic subsides in Brazil.

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Your Novel Graphic Novel

Introductory | Novelists paint a picture with their words. Graphic novelists paint their words alongside a picture. Combining art and prose is a powerful storytelling tool that makes your work more accessible, but the writing process can be more technical…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Crystal Frasier

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Crystal Frasier

Crystal Frasier is a writer, editor, and game designer with over 20 years' professional experience. A Seattle local and the author of games and short stories, she is also the writer behind the graphic novels Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms, Gamma Flight, and Spiral of Bones. In her off time, she enjoys gardening, walking her dogs, and building models of teahouses and giant robots.

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Analytical Creativity: Organizational Strategies for Writers

Advanced | This four-part course looks at practical strategies for organizing major writing projects including backwards mapping, design strategies, research organization, publication planning, and self-care. Writers of advanced and intermediate levels can expect to discuss and experiment with strategies designed…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Da'

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Start Date: 01/23/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Laura Da'

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. Her newest book is Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

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The Hardest Parts: Writing Beginnings and Endings

All Levels | Beginnings and endings—in novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs—are hard. An arresting beginning is your one chance to capture a reader, and a just-right ending sends a reader back into the world forever changed. In this generative…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Joe Wilkins

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Start Date: 01/24/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of the novel,
Fall Back Down When I Die (Little Brown),
a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers
(Counterpoint), and three poetry collections,
most recently When We Were Birds, winner
of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.
He directs the creative program at Linfield
College.

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Ethnicity & Craft

All Levels | In this session, we will explore craft issues related to ethnicity. How much do writers—and should writers—think about ethnicity and culture in the writing process? How do these considerations influence the choices we make as we write?…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jennifer De Leon

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Start Date: 02/01/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021.

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Emotion and Imagination: The Inner Life of Stories

All Levels | What is your deepest desire? Or your boldest dream? Emotions are the invisible landscape of stories—but how do you leverage your own inspiration to create a sense of wonder for readers? Come find the life of your…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

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Start Date: 02/05/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Susan V. Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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The Language of Ability and Disability

Intermediate | The words we use reflect assumptions about the rules of the worlds we create. This class will focus on word choice as it concerns characters and settings and how our assumptions about ability and disability creep into our…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jaye Viner

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Start Date: 02/06/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Jaye Viner

Jaye Viner lives with a tall human and two fur bombs. She knows just enough about a variety of things to embarrass herself at parties she never attends. Her novel, Jane of Battery Park, is available from Red Hen Press.

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Dear Friend: Writing Letters, Writing Poems

All Levels | Using “Envelopes of Air” poems/letters between Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón as a starting point, we will explore how writing letters and writing poems have been intertwined for hundreds of years. This friendly, informal writing workshop is…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jory Mickelson

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Start Date: 02/09/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Jory Mickelson

Jory Mickelson is a queer, nonbinary writer and educator who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Their first book, WILDERNESS//KINGDOM, is the inaugural winner of the Evergreen Award Tour from Floating Bridge Press and winner of the 2020 High Plains Book Award in Poetry.

Their publications include Court Green, Painted Bride Quarterly, Jubilat, Sixth Finch, The Rumpus and other journals in the United States, Canada, and the UK. They are the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and have received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Winter Tangerine, Centrum Writers Conference, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

They hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho and are an alumnus of Western Washington University in Bellingham. You can find out more about them and their work at www.jorymickelson.com

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Comedic Storytelling (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | How can you make painful, strange, or even mundane life experiences funny? In this class, you’ll learn to dig inside your past to find humorous, relatable material that unifies an audience, making people laugh at their own…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Margot Leitman

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Start Date: 02/12/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher. A former story scout for "This American Life," she is considered a leading expert in the growing field of storytelling. Leitman has written two books on the subject: the best-selling, Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need and her latest What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books. Her comedic memoir, Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.

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Among Animals: Living With and Writing About Species Other Than Our Own

All Levels | A marmoset joins Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s household in Sigrid Nunez’s Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury; a falconer bonds with a goshawk after her father’s death in H is for Hawk. Dogs see Jennifer Finney Boylan and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jacqueline Kolosov

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Start Date: 02/17/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Jacqueline Kolosov

Jacqueline Kolosov is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship. She has published 3 full-length collections of poetry along with YA/NA novels, and stories, essays & myriad hybrid forms. She has coedited 3 anthologies of contemporary writing, most recently Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, winner of Foreword's IndieFab Gold Medal in Writing.

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Metaphor in Theory and Practice (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | To craft powerful metaphors, writers need a deep understanding of how metaphors work. In this co-taught course, we’ll discuss metaphor theory. We’ll ask: How does the body give rise to metaphor? Is metaphor conceptual or ornamental? Are…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

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Start Date: 02/19/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

Kascha Semonovitch’s poems and essays have appeared in journals including Quarterly West, The Bellingham Review, Zyzzyva, The Kenyon Review and others, and in the chapbook Genesis by Dancing Girl Press. She has a PhD in philosophy from Boston College, an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. She has fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation, and her creative nonfiction was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Kascha has edited two collections of philosophical essays on early twentieth century European thought, and published academic essays, mostly recently Attention and Expression in Simone Weil. She has taught philosophy at Boston College, Seattle University, and Hugo House in Seattle. She runs an art gallery in Seattle.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe that we learn by reading – whether the work of our classmates, contemporary authors or canonical works. The work of a teacher lies in asking –and re-asking –questions that motivate us to pay attention to these texts. In class, we think together by articulating our interpretations. When we reach a conflict of interpretation – “Oh, I thought Robert Hass was talking about beauty” or “I thought Descartes meant his elbow”– then we inquire into the reasons for the conflict. After such careful reading, we are ready to re-read our own writing. We are better at paying attention to what is happening in syntax and semantics.

As a faculty member at Seattle University for over seven years, I taught the history of philosophy, critical thinking, and ethics. Philosophers pay attention to the history and internal consistency of systems and concepts. This type of paying attention is also invaluable to writers. For example, we might ask whether poet thought through the connections between the terms in a text and the deep history of texts that precede it? Does a fictional or poetic world hold together consistently? I love learning by reading with students.

Roger Gilman has a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Chicago. He taught interdisciplinary courses in the Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University in Chicago. He held positions as department Chair and Dean of the College. He is a former poetry editor of the Chicago Review and has published poems in various magazines, among them Poetry Northwest. He is a winner of the Boynton Prize in poetry and of a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship. His research concerns theories of metaphoric meaning-making and the role of metaphors in artworks and scientific explanations.

Teaching Philosophy: Good teaching, in my view, requires listening well. I design classes around a question or puzzle. And I start each class session with a question. The question may be one I’ve elicited from the students or one that I think helps unfold the issues presented by the overall course plan. I think all of us are naturally and intensely curious about the world and ourselves. And especially about all the dimensions of our craft that helps define us and gives meaning to our lives. When a student makes a comment and adds to our conversation, I follow up their line of thinking and feeling with questions that I hope help them unfold their own ideas and induces them to compare them with the ideas others have expressed in class. My classes usually deploy a mixture of mini-lectures and group discussion, the use of well-targeted texts and liberal use of the white board. I usually provide short texts of theoretical work and a generous supply of poems to analyze, and hope that these texts inform each other.

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You Yourself Are the Beloved: Writing with South Asian Sufis [Shankar Narayan]

All Levels | Sufi poetry and music make a magical space in which lover and beloved engage in an eternal dance, yearning towards union with the divine. While Rumi is likely the best known Sufi poet in the West, South…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Shankar Narayan

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Start Date: 02/26/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.

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